If you follow Aisling's blog Total Makeup Addict (if you don't, you should), you'll have seen her recent posts about her orders from Morphe Brushes. I have to admit that I don't really watch Jaclyn Hill or any American beauty gurus so I wasn't familiar with Morphe at all until I read Aisling's posts. I filed them away in the "on a day when I am bored and I have money" part of my brain and forgot about them.
Until, I saw the new MAC burgundy times nine palette. I fell in love with it instantly but was then informed that it's the same size as a 4-pan quad. I already have a couple of the shades in it anyway, so I decided to buy some single eyeshadow refills. My Brown Thomas basket was approaching the €70 mark when I decided to cop on and log out - and then I remembered Morphe!
Behold, the longest way ever of saying "I remembered them and looked at the website". Anyway - I ordered 15, and here they are. They come in cardboard sleeves the same as the MAC refills, and the pans are the same size. There's one huge difference - MAC refills are €10 each. Morphe refills are $2.29 each (€2.10).
I ordered an empty 15-pan palette on eBay, I'm not going to link my seller because my palette arrived cracked but there are loads of palettes on there that fit MAC or Morphe. I fixed mine up with some tape rather than wait another 3 weeks for a new one:
I played it fairly safe - it's actually quite hard to find decent swatches of these shadows online unless you sit through hours of youtube hauls. On the site, the shadows have names and numbers - I think the names are a recent addition going by older blog posts, but I'll try and keep them in numerical order for you so that they're easier to find on the website.
Midnight Kiss looks a little clumpy here, one of the reasons I wanted to try it on my eyes - I have a look down at the end of the post using it.
I went in a little heavy for some of the swatches - they're definitely very pigmented and they take ages to fade. In comparison to the quality you get from MAC - here are a couple of side-by-sides, I thought these shades were similar but when I swatched them they were totally different.
There's not a whole pile of difference in quality, to be honest with you. I do think that with some of the Morphe shades you need to be wary of fallout, particularly the darker shades, and I'd definitely recommend a primer, but I'd recommend one with any eyeshadow anyway. Here are two looks I did with some of the shadows.
For this look, I used Pearl all over the eye, added Midnight Kiss on the eyelid and blended it out. I took it underneath the eye with a damp eyeliner brush. Black eyeliner is a kohl pencil from Lancome, and mascara is Lash Impact from No7.
For this other look I used Glisten all over the eyelid, then I used Burlesque on the lid, Bridesmaid in the crease, and blended. Then I used Mysterious with a liner brush to outline the eye. Black eyeliner and mascara same as before.
Wear time was excellent, it stays put until I remove it after 12 or 13 hours, I had no creasing issues, and it was easy to remove. I used Essence 'I Love Stage' eyeshadow primer with the shadows. Overall, I'm very happy with them and I'm glad I placed the order.
Now to the housekeeping:
Price: Morphe Individual Eye Shadows are available here for $2.29/€2.10 each. Use discount code JACATTACK for 10% off (thanks Aisling for the tip!).
Postage: Was a killer at a massive $19.95 for 15 eyeshadows.
Packaging: The shadows were packed tightly in bubble wrap and a brown padded envelope.
Delivery: I received my shadows within two weeks of ordering, they arrived via An Post, and I was not charged customs despite my total being $50.81.
Payment: Morphe accept Paypal and Credit Cards.
Value: They're definitely a worthy competitor for the MAC shadows I have. Even with the postage, I got 15 full sized eyeshadows for less than the price of 5 MAC refills. Pretty darn good.